Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?

Subject: Job offers and rates - what do you feel is acceptable?
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:07:41 -0500

I know the economy is in the toilet and a lot of people have been out of work. As such many companies have been offering nothing to writers. I saw some ads in Florida this last spring which were as low as $13 per hour. some ads from the West Coast have been low $20s and I know that health insurance premiums alone can eat up practically all of that. A year ago, a company switched vendors and the new vendor offered us health insurance, but the catch was, the amount I would pay was about $2300 per month for the family plan.

What do most of you consider acceptable? Do you tell the recruiter simply no thanks or do you burn them with a "$XX per hour? Are you &%$#* nuts?" reply? Or do you calmly try to educate them that a low offer like that is far below anything someone can live on or that a responsible technical writer would accept?

Why I ask is I received this in the email and the rate is what I would consider great for 1985. Does Volt think because they are a $2 billion sales company I should work for peanuts?


For over 60 years, Volt has been a leading FORTUNE 1000 leader in staffing services. With annual sales approaching $2 billion, Volt has a proven record of success based on forward looking solutions and performance.

We are looking for talents of the highest caliber and driven professionals who are inspired by challenge. We connect your excellent talent with innovative and progressive companies. We have numerous openings throughout the US (

We saw your resume on the Internet/Volt resume database. We represent a company called Volt Aerospace Services Group ( We are currently looking for:

RATE: 25.00 PER HOUR (W2)

JOB DUTIES: This position will be responsible for the development and maintenance of a team web/portal page that will allow for team collaboration as well as provide useful information and training data to non-team members. In addition this position will support the development of department presentation material and written correspondence.

JOB SKILLS: This position should have an above average knowledge of the varies software tools required for web/portal page development and all of the various drawing, presentation, and writing tools such as Visio, MS powerpoint, MS word and Adobe reader and writer

For immediate consideration, please:

Attach an MS Word version of your resume.

What is your eligibility to work in the U.S. (US Citizen / Permanent Resident, etc.)?


Volt - Aerospace Services Group

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